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How to play Mahjong Solitaire?

The goal of Mahjong Solitaire is to clear the playing board by matching tiles with identical images. When two tiles are matched, they both will be removed, and more tiles will get unlocked. You win the game when all tiles are removed. It’s that simple! There are, however, some rules as to which tiles can be matched.

Rules for matching tiles

For tiles to get removed, they must both have the same image engraved on them and be “open”. An “open” tile is a tile which:

In the examples below, only highlighted bamboo tiles can be removed, because all tiles underneath are blocked.

Which tiles cannot be removed in Mahjong Solitaire game

In these examples, circle tiles in the middle cannot be removed because they are blocked from both left and right sides by bamboo tiles. Which tiles cannot be removed in Mahjong Solitaire game

In the last example, all tiles can be removed. Notice that in the second example, even though the middle tile is blocked from the top and bottom it still can be removed because it's free on horizontal sides. Which tiles can be removed in Mahjong Solitaire game

Flower and Season tiles

The game rules state that you can only remove tiles with the same picture, but there is an exception. There are two sets of special tiles called "flowers” and "seasons". Any flower tile can be matched with any other flower tile and season tile with any other season tile. But you can’t match flower tiles with season tiles. In total there are 4 flower tiles and 4 season tiles, each appears only once during the game.

Flower tiles:

Special mahjong flower tiles. From left to right - plum, chrysanthemum, orchid, lily.

Season tiles:

Special mahjong season tiles. From left to right - summer, autumn, winter, spring.

Notice that these tiles are marked with letters F for flower and S for season tiles, to make it easier to distinguish them.

Unsolvable Position

Although our game generates only solvable layouts, it might happen that during the game you will choose the wrong pair of tiles which leads to an unsolvable layout position. An unsolvable position means there are no more “open” tiles that can be matched with each other.

If you end up in an unsolvable position, the easiest solution is to use the shuffle button, which will mix tiles and allow you to continue playing.

Another option is to use the undo button. By using undo button you bring back tiles that you removed one at a time. If you reached an unsolvable position, make a mental note of all open tiles you have. Then, use undo button until you find one of these tiles, at which point you should choose to remove another tile combination.

Layout Setup

Mahjong Solitaire game starts with 144 tiles shuffled and stacked on top of each other into a pyramid-like shape, called layout. There are many different layouts, but the classic and most popular is the Turtle.

End of the game

You win the game when all tiles have been removed. There is no time limit so you can go at your own pace, but if you’d like to track how long it takes you to win mahjong games you can enable timer in the settings. After winning the game you will be awarded a star for completing the layout. You can track the best times and completed layouts in the layout selection menu.

Mahjong Solitaire Strategy

While mahjong is a relatively easy and relaxing game, there are some things you might want to look out for. Here are some tips on how to win more Mahjong Solitaire games:

Controls

To select a tile, move your mouse cursor over a tile and click. If you are on mobile, just tap on the desired tile. If the tile is “open” it will be highlighted in green. If the tile is blocked, you will see the corresponding animation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I need to have Flash to play mahjong?

No, you can play our game without a flash player. Mahjong Solitaire is available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can play on any platform, as long as it has a modern browser like Google Chrome. Our game uses newer technology called HTML5 which allows it to be played on any device.

Is every Mahjong game solvable?

Yes! Our version of mahjong generates only solvable boards, and every game can be won.

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